"Sumatra ein grosse Insel so von den alten Geographen Taprobana ist genennt worden", Munster, Sebastian
Subject: Sri Lanka
Period: 1570 (circa)
Color: Black & White
13.3 x 9.8 inches
33.8 x 24.9 cm
A nice impression of this great map of island of Taprobana, which was variously thought to be Ceylon or Sumatra. This map depicts Ceylon with the typical misconceptions of Ptolemy showing a small part of India incorrectly in the northeast corner of the map. The most interesting feature of the map is the large engraving of an elephant beneath a tree that was copied from Gastaldi. The elephant is shown with large padded feet and a scoop on the end of its trunk.
Minor toning along fold with a couple of tiny worm holes in bottom margin.